The use of ethnography in World Englishes
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This chapter highlights several studies that have taken such ethnographic approaches to investigating one or more related aspects of World Englishes. It explores numerous strengths and, occasionally, some drawbacks associated with an ethnographic approach. The chapter provides some additional remarks that highlight some of these strengths and constraints, with a particular emphasis placed on the methodology and other considerations for future researchers. It examines an overview of ethnographic approaches to research involving World Englishes. Issues include those of gaining access to the target participants and community; general logistical or planning difficulties associated with longitudinal research; and finally, the positioning of the researcher within the community and ethnography. In terms of the effect of nativisation, the researcher posits that Solomon Islands Pijin (SIP) apparent streamlining of certain linguistic features is due to children’s increased use of the language in school and at home. However, other changes also were observed in SIP’s morphology with plural markers.